We say this a lot, but AST Records keeps the cavalcade of amazing comedians recording albums coming. At the very end of this month, AST has the amazing Guy Branum recording his very first comedy album at the at the always awesome Nerdmelt Showroom.
It’s free to attend, so mark this down for Thurs. July 31st, 7PM as what you will be doing, hopefully.
What are some of your favorite comic storylines/graphic novels? I remember you bringing up that you are a big DC guy on JJGO and you talked about Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow at some point.
…Man of Tomorrow is great. My other Supes favorites include All Star Superman, Red Son and Superman for All Seasons. I’m also really enjoying Superman Unchained (though I know that’s not exactly the popular opinion), but I’ve got a real bone-zone for everything Scott Snyder. Speaking of, his run on Batman has been AMAZING. Read The Court of Owls if you haven’t already. He’s got an original horror/sci-fi title at Dark Horse called The Wake which is also fantastic. I honestly don’t read that much DC stuff these days, but I’d like to be. Accepting suggestions for something ongoing. I hear Green Arrow got good. Can anyone confirm?
Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga is the best there is, but you already knew that. There’s another great Image comic called Rat Queens that’s set in a LOTR/D&D-type world. Some other random things I’ve enjoyed lately:
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant - Tony Cliff
Jordan, just wanted to tell you that the joke you made on JJGo about the IKEA phone tree saying "For Bjorn, press Fjorn" made me laugh so hard I almost drove off the Palisades Parkway and into a ditch.
Hey thanks! I noticed that the products at Ikea have foreign names that are funny to me, an American.
I very much want to be a writer/comedy writer/comedian, but I feel that I don't have anything to write about. I write a few sketches here and there, and whenever I get any sort of writing assignment or anything like that where I can exercise my talent I do so, but when it comes to just me I feel like I have nothing coming in idea-wise so I have nothing to put out writing/comedy-wise. Now that you've moved into writing and comedy and stuff do you have any suggestions on where to start?
My first question for you is- why do you want to be a writer/comedy writer/comedian if you don’t have anything to say? When you want to write, you feel stifled as fuck if you aren’t able to get your shit out there. If you aren’t feeling stifled, make sure you’re really considering if this is something you desperately have to do, or something you think would be fun to do. Because this shit isn’t always fun. So think about that for a bit, but realize that this is probably just fear of “getting started”.
Here are a few things I have done/still do when it comes to writing. By all means, there are tons of more accomplished and talented writers and comedians out there, so feel free to ask them too.
1) Always have a notebook on you, so that if something strikes you as interesting, you can write that shit down. Good ideas come randomly more than on command, at least at first.
2) Sit down and really consider what it is about you that makes you unique. What about your upbringing? Your school years? Your friendships? Your hobbies? Your weird kid obsessions? Your religious background, and how you feel about it now? Your parents? All these things and a billion more swarm together to make you who you are, and to create the lens that you see reality through. How is your lens different than your buddy’s, or from the guy who works at the convenience store you go to. This, my friend, is your point of view, and it’s all creative people really have. Get to know it backwards and forwards.
3) I do a few random exercises if I’m feeling blocked by picking a news story (pop culture or real news) and asking myself how my best friend would think about the story, how my husband would, and then, how I would. This gets you in the mindset of differentiating your opinions from other people’s, and helps you realize that you most likely have an opinion on lots of things, you just don’t always know it.
4) At first, take any and all gigs offered to you, even if they seem lame or random or shitty, and even if they don’t always pay. Be professional and kind in those gigs. You need a breadth of experience to figure out what you’re good at, and what you like doing. You never know what connections you’ll make, and what they’ll mean for you later on in your life.
Whenever I need a laugh, I love to listen to the Buttery Knucks episode of Jordan Jesse Go. It's the best! That said, will you marry me? I'll wait here by the tumblr while you decide. "2014 This is happening*... *all this shit" i love it! Dave, you're the best ever! Love, Erica (from Texas)
Erica from Texas! Thank you! This is so nice to read. It’s a weird time over here at Dave headquarters (a small room in a house in a pretty but expensive part of LA’s east side with a few uncomfortable couches and one very comfortable couch): no job, no car, kind of puttering around while still hustling for my next professional writing job, hoping I don’t wind up by the side of the road selling oranges or doing medical research that makes me erratic and weird or make my hair fall out or make me grow hair where there isn’t any currently, so this message is well timed and very appreciated. You’ve made a real strange unemployed comedy person (not that my life is a joke but that my profession is largely joke-based) very happy/flattered.
And for anyone who doesn’t know what she’s talking about, I was on a podcast and you can listen to it HERE.
Welcome to “Do You Need a Ride?” In their first episode, Karen and Chris take the Honda to Burbank Airport. Along the way, they confront past traumas, scream at traffic, roast Bob Hope, uncover a medievaly themed pedophile ring, trail The Rock in his Lambo, and try their best to bring anyone willing, back home in one piece.
Next episode, guest Rob Delaney Twitter: @chrisfairbanks @KarenKilgariff